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IMO: The draft and what it means for the near future

Posted: 6/6/2014 1:57 AM

IMO: The draft and what it means for the near future 


i think the Cubs are ready to start putting the foot on the gas a bit...with their 2 first picks they chose college kids...kids with more polish closer to the major league level.

If they are ready to start putting this thing together than you may see them open the wallet for the FA this year afterall.

They obviously are thrilled about getting Schwarber and I still am not sure if he will be out future Catcher or future LF..Guy who hits for power and good .OBP is a nice thing to have in the middle of the order...already being compared to Bryant.

With people losing faith in Almora there is a CF FA with decent pop and a high .OBP there to bid on...again I am talking about Melky Cabrera

So now ultimately I feel Castro will be traded...Mostly becaue he has the best value that we can afford to trade.

so heres a look at a well balanced lineup that we could be seeing soon....if they go hard at Cabrera.

2B Alcantara switch hitter
CF Cabrera switch hitter
1B  Rizzo lefty
3B Bryant righty
SS Baez righty
LF Schwarber lefty
RF Soler righty
C  Castillo righty

Now we would have a well balanced lineup not just with right lefty matups...but a lot of power...some decent speed...and guys who know how to get on base

You can rearrange that lineup in a number of ways and it still looks good
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Posted: 6/6/2014 6:13 AM

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I don't know how much polish Stinett has or if he's a future starter or reliever.  He only recently started focusing on pitching full time.  Is that your lineup for next season?  Schwarber probably won't be up until 2016 at the earliest.  I think he has less of a chance to stick at catcher than Alex Jackson.

Last edited 6/6/2014 6:14 AM by KatieCubFan

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Posted: 6/6/2014 6:30 AM

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Yeah Schwarber won't be up until 2016, Ditto Soler. I am not going to be a phony scout like some people on here and pretend I know who these kids outside of some scouting reports I read about them along with some highlight packages. What I will say I do agree that going for two college players signals to me they want to get these kids up and playing sooner then later and maybe aren't ready to hit the gas quite yet (I still think they want to see how it all plays out) but they are definitely warming up the engine if that makes sense.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 7:02 AM

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I don't think this draft signals any shift in philosophy. The FO just seems to like to draft low-risk position players and preferably ones who have played in college. IMO that's more because they're easier to scout than because of their readiness for the major leagues.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 7:21 AM

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I wanted Nick Gordon.  Kyle S. is not in the same category as Kris Bryant.  I don't think I have heard anything close to that comparison.  

I have been on board with the plan, but tanking seasons to draft a player like this is underwhelming to say the least.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 7:51 AM

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Don't rule out the likelihood that one of those bats gets traded for pitching before they ever settle in to the Cubs lineup. It's all about acquiring assets right now. Theo once traded Hanley Ramirez to get Josh Beckett. That's the luxury of having so many good prospects.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 10:49 AM

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DoubleDown11 wrote: Don't rule out the likelihood that one of those bats gets traded for pitching before they ever settle in to the Cubs lineup. It's all about acquiring assets right now. Theo once traded Hanley Ramirez to get Josh Beckett. That's the luxury of having so many good prospects.

Talented shortstops like Nick Gordon are more coveted by teams, if we're talking about trading assets.

Last edited 6/6/2014 10:49 AM by KatieCubFan

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Posted: 6/6/2014 4:53 PM

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wrigleykid wrote: i think the Cubs are ready to start putting the foot on the gas a bit...
If that's the case, can we just keep Hammel?  He's shutting out the NL's second best offense after putting a stop to the Brewers' hot stretch of run scoring (after which they resumed their offensive onslaught).

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Posted: 6/6/2014 5:31 PM

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Well Katie I give u the info and u decide.

Right now his .ERA is about 2 runs under his career average.

Think about how good Wood pitched last year

Think about the package we got for Feldman and know Hammels will likely be better.

He will also be 32 after the season ends...which may not be much of a factor.
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Posted: 6/6/2014 5:33 PM

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Yeah, I know.  But when he struggled it was usually before an injury or coming back from one.

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